Kids Corner

``I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way.``
- Whitney Houston

Kids Corner Mission

Parents are the most powerful force in influencing their child’s life. This is especially true when it comes to teaching them to eat healthy. But, that’s a hard thing for a parent to do when they themselves aren’t positive as to what “eating healthy” means. My goal here in Kid’s Corner is to motivate, educate and empower parents so that they can approach raising healthy children with confidence.

It Starts With You:
Children look to their parents as examples for everything they do. So remember that telling your children what to eat or that they should go out and play isn’t enough. We must also show them. We do this by adopting a healthy lifestyle ourselves and cultivating it throughout our families. This means cooking and eating healthy goes for everyone in the house, including you! When children see their parents enjoying fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins as mainstays, they quickly understand that this is the way one should eat.

This applies for physical activity as well. Instead of sitting on the couch and watching TV, get out and play with your children or schedule regular family walks together. If you decide to take on a fitness routine, show them that it is important to you by applying yourself and staying committed. Remember, it’s not about a diet or a temporary fix. This is about building long term lifestyle choices that become ingrained in our kids. That’s how we ensure that we are building healthy kids for life.

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Nut & Berry Breakfast Bars

These breakfast bars are easy to make ahead of time and can eaten at home or on the go. Chances are they wont last long, they had a way of disappearing pretty fast at my house! Enjoy! What You Need: Bars: 2 cups old fashioned oats 1 cup slivered almonds 4 Tablespoons honey& 1 Tablespoon coconut oil 1 teaspoon salt…

Out Now: 75 Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids

Ready to show off your healthy lunch ideas? My new ebook “75 Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids” is live and you can join the #ShowOffYourLunch campaign!     My new ebook “75 Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids” is available now and I am thrilled with all of the positive feedback! Parents are even using the eBook as a guide for…

Coming Soon: 75 Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids

When searching for healthy lunch ideas for kids, parents often find themselves struggling to find food that is at once appealing to their children while also being healthy and nutritious. An important question to ask oneself is: how can we have both?     PURCHASE THE BOOK HERE     I’m as familiar with this debate as anyone – as…

5 Tips to Pack a Healthy Lunch for Kids

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but a well-balanced lunch has a tremendous impact on the lives of our children. According to Kids Health eating a healthy lunch maintains a child’s weight, allows them to better focus in school, and live happy and healthier lives. [1] OUT NOW: “75 HEALTHY LUNCH IDEAS FOR KIDS” by Autumn…

5 Tips for Building Healthy Eaters from the Start

Building Healthy Eaters From The Start When it comes to building healthy eaters, we sometimes wait too long. Often when we think of babies’ and toddlers’ eating habits, we think of pickiness. It can be really hard to get your children to eat healthy. This is especially true when you factor in junk food marketing, exposure to unhealthy choices and…

The Battle: “Kid Food” Or Food For Kids

The Battle: Kid Food Or Food For Kids Ok, Autumnation. Get ready for me to get on my soapbox because I’m about to preach! Should kids eat kid food or food for kids? Let’s explore the differences.   As you likely know, I am incredibly passionate about healthy eating, especially where children are concerned. The big food corporations continue to…

AC Kids Corner | Pumpkin Seeds

We are in full Thanksgiving prep over at our house! My Little Man and I decided to make good use of our pumpkin seeds— they make a great light snack and can be flavored however you like! We split the seeds in half and made one batch sweet and one batch savory. Pumpkin seeds contain higher amounts of zinc than…

Pack This | Not That- School Lunches

What we feed our kids is SO important, I cannot stress this enough. It is a topic so close to my heart, I have to get on my soap box and put away any sugar coating for this post!!! The best thing we can do for our kids is to educate ourselves on what is actually in the foods we…

Autumn’s 5 Tips for Picky Eaters

As parents, we always want to do what is best for our children. That’s easier said than done though, especially when it comes to food. Having a picky eater can be one of the most frustrating experiences for both parents and children. The good news is there are ways to make it a little easier and relieve the pressure. 1.…

Tips for Packing Healthy School Lunches Your Kids Will Love

Today is Littleman’s first day back to school. We all know what that means, early mornings, rushing around, trying to get the kid/kids to eat, pack the book bag and yes the dreaded packing of the school lunch! This seems like it should be such an easy task, yet one week in, most of us parents are over it– frustrated by trying…

PB Sweet Potato Protein Cookies

I made my little man peanut butter sweet potato protein cookies, and I think the big smile on his face, and empty plate means he liked them. Kid tested, Fix approved! What You Need: 3 medium sized sweet potatoes (Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until soft) 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 Tablespoons of natural peanut butter 3/4…

Oatmeal Carrot Cake Cookies

This recipe is a great substitute for traditional cookie recipes that load up on sugar and butter. It’s amazing how simple recipes using whole ingredients make the yummiest treats! Enjoy!  What You Need: 1 cup oats (instant) 3/4 cup whole wheat or all-purpose gluten-free flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 Tablespoons coconut…

Mummy Pizza Toast

Not all Halloween recipes have to be sweet! This savory Halloween inspired take on toast is great to serve to kids for a fun and quick snack or works perfectly as a dish for your Halloween parties. Here’s how you do it! What You Need: Brown Rice Bread- (Great to use because of shape, texture and it’s a gluten-free option. *…

Fun & Fruity Halloween

There are so many great ideas out there for creating a healthier version of Halloween for your kids. My Little Man loves Halloween, especially the part where he gets to enjoy a few extra treats here and there. For us this does not mean fun-size versions of candy bars or mini bags of Skittles. Thankfully there are tons of creative…

Strawberry Peach Quinoa Crumble

This delicious crumble makes you feel like you’re eating dessert for breakfast! No really it’s that good. What You Need: 3 large peaches 2 cups strawberries 2 Tablespoons almond meal 1 Tablespoon maple syrup 1 Tablespoon orange juice 1 cup quinoa- cooked 1/2 gluten-free/vegan granola OR rolled oats What you Do: 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 2. Grease medium…

Pumpkin “Pie” Bites

Who is ready for fall Autumn? I know it is certainly one of my favorite times of the year– especially when it comes to all the delicious seasonal dishes I look forward to all year. Pumpkin Pie is one of those dishes, but so often it’s loaded with lots of junk that takes me away from my heath and fitness goals. These…

Fruit Skewers with Dipping Sauce

Something about putting fruit on skewers makes kids think it’s a special treat. Here’s what I do. Pick out your kids favorite fruits. It could be strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes, cubed apples or peaches… Whatever they like! Then you simply stick them on skewers and pair with a few fun dipping sauces. Here are two options for dips: Chocolate…

Trail Mix Apple Slices

I’m always searching for fun recipes to switch up the routine so my little man doesn’t get bored with his food. Apples and nut butter are a great energizing and filling snack for kids (and adults), and one that we enjoy often in our house. This version of the snack just takes it to the next level. It’s crisp, fresh, sweet, savory and…

Kale Nachos

Getting greens into your family’s diet is so important. This is a great approachable recipe that sneaks greens into a dish that your whole family can enjoy. It’s also fast, easy and can be altered depending on what your family likes or has in the fridge! What You Need: Lean turkey (I use 99% lean ground turkey) Fresh kale- green…

Healthy Ice Cream Sundae

Try this recipe out for National Ice Cream Day– the kids might not even realize their tasty ice cream sundae is actually good for them! Happy #NationalIceCreamDay! What You Need: 1-2 containers Greek yogurt- frozen (standard 5.3 oz size) Fresh fruit- your choice * I used strawberries and bananas Sprinkles What You Do: 1. Freeze yogurt 2. Take onhealthy general health frozen…

Fruity Lemonade Pops

What You Need: 1 Kiwi- peeled and thinly sliced 1/2 cup raspberries-fresh or frozen 1/4 cup blueberries-fresh or frozen 6-8 kumquat- thinly sliced 1 1/2 cup Fresh Lemonade (or low sugar fruit juice of your choice) *I used homemade lemonade so I could could control sugar content by combining 1/4 cup coconut sugar, 1 cup water, 1 cup freshly squeezed…

Turkey & Spinach Roll Ups

These simple turkey roll ups are one of my son’s favorite snacks. They take minutes to make and can be eaten as a light snack or packed easily for a lunch or snack on the go. You can spice them up a bit with a dip of your choice like mustard or mayo. Providing healthy meals for your family doesn’t…

Pineapple Coconut Popsicles

These popsicles are like summer on a stick! They are made with whole fresh ingredients, contain only natural sugar and taste great. Pineapple is a good fruit to keep in the rotation for kids because it contains a ton of vitamins A & C, fiber, calcium and manganese that works in our bodies to strengthen bones and connective tissues. As a…

Quinoa Pizza Bites

If you’ve been craving simple and delicious recipes you can make for the kids, then this recipe is for you! Kids love pizza bites, but the kind you buy from the frozen section at the grocery store are filled with artificial additives and sodium. Not to mention, there’s very little nutrition packed into those little bagel bites. You will love my…

Autumn’s Patriotic 4th of July Popsicle Recipe

Looking for a guilt-free dessert to make for your 4th of July celebration? These patriotic pops are a great alternative to most store bought versions that have a ton of added sugar. I whipped these up for our BBQ for my littleman and his friends to enjoy on their breaks from the pool. They do require a bit of prep time…

McDonald’s VS Home-Made: Which is cheaper?

The number one reason I hear why people onhealthy womens health don’t eat healthy is that it is too expensive. I decided to put that theory to the test by heading to McDonald’s and purchasing 1 kid’s meal and 1 adult meal. Have a look at the results…     The number one reason I hear why people don’t eat…

Apple Pie

Apple pie, an American classic. Its sweet, delicious and you will find it at almost every BBQ you go to. When I decided to make an apple pie recipe for this site my only goal was to make it healthy. This is definitely a healthier version of apple pie with ALL of the great taste of the original. I know…

Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients: For the breading: 1 cup almond meal 2 Tablespoons garlic powder 1 teaspoon all-purpose seasoning ½ teaspoon Himalayan sea salt ½ teaspoon onion powder 1 large egg 1 lb. chicken cutlets – cut 1½ inch pieces 2 Tablespoons Gee (clarified butter) – for frying Coconut oil – for baking   Preparation: In a large mixing bowl, combine all of…

Cauliflower Bread Sticks

What You Need: 1 small bag of cauliflower 1 egg 2 cloves minced garlic 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup 1% shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1tsp oregano 1 tsp basil Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In small pan sauté olive oil and garlic for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Set to the side. In a food…

Broccoli Crust Pizza

Use this healthy version of a beloved classic to fuel your body and satisfy that pizza craving! What you need: 12 oz broccoli 2 eggs 1/2 cup mozzarella 1/2 cup parmigiano Reggiano 10 cloves of garlic 1tsp red chili flakes 1 tsp salt 1tsp pepper 1tsp onion powder Preheat oven to 350 degrees Mix all ingredients in food processor until…

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